Curriculum - AS/A Level

Examination Board: OCR A

Why study Physics?

Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences. It forms the basis of our understanding of the Universe and provides an excellent general knowledge base for understanding the physical world. 

The World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs study predicts that 5 million jobs will be lost before 2020 as artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology and other socio-economic factors replace the need for human workers. 

The good news is that those same technological advances will also create 2.1 million new jobs. Most new jobs will be in more specialized areas such as computing, mathematics, architecture and engineering.

Workers who successfully combine mathematical and interpersonal skills in the knowledge-based economies of the future should find many rewarding and lucrative opportunities.

Course Content

AS Level: A mixture of taking familiar topics, such as Forces and Motion, Waves, Electricity further and encountering some that are totally new, including Quantum Physics and photons.

A Level: You will study all of the material for the AS course as well as more advanced topics such as electric, magnetic and gravitational fields, simple harmonic motion, astrophysics, particle physics and medical physics.

Assessment

Assessment will be based on performance in written papers, which will test both theory and practical skills. 
AS Level: 2 x 1 hour 30min each paper
A Level: 2 x 2 hour 15 mins each paper and 1 hour 30 mins synoptic paper
Practical work will be carried out throughout the year as a standard part of the course and will be assessed internally on a pass/fail basis.